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History of the Wrld Pt1 V1

Mel Brooks , Gregory Hines , Mel Brooks    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Mel Brooks's 1981, three-part comedy--set in the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and the French Revolution--is pure guilty pleasure. Narrated by Orson Welles and featuring a lot of famous faces in guest appearances (beyond the official cast), the film opens well with Sid Caesar playing a caveman, then moves along to the unlikely but somehow hilarious juxtaposition of Caesar's soldiers (the other Caesar, not Sid) with pot humor, and ends on a dumb-funny note in the French bloodbath. This is a take-it-or-leave-it movie, and it works best if you're in a take-it-or-leave-it mood. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars written by David Laing, not Julia Laing July 5 2004
One of Mel Brook's finest movies, in this one, he sets out to parody history, from the Stone Age, to the French Revolution. The first time period is the Stone Age, where we see the first homosapien and homosexual marriage, and discover how music was invented. Next, in a very short bit, we see Moses coming down from a mountain with the 15 commandments, until he drops one slab, and it becomes the 10 commandments. The next era is the Roman Empire, where after Philatipis[or something like that] gets a gig to do comedy for Caescar, he offends, the emporer, so him and his new found friend must fight each other to the death, but instead stop fighting and try to escape from Rome. The 4th era is by far the funniest, and the most offensive, The Spanish Inquisition. So in a musical extravaganza, we see how the Catholics tried to convert the Jews to become Catholics, and in the last part, we behold the French Revolution, and one of the greatest lines in this movie. So, see this hilarious movie, but if you are easily offended, then do not see this. The only thing that aggravates me was that Brooks had a part 2 planned out, but it was never released. At the end of the movie, we get a preview of the unreleased History of The World part 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, youll love it! March 17 2004
If your like me and you love these whacky comedys, then your sure to love this one!
This one, and SpaceBalls are my favorite comedys and you cant denie Mel isnt a comical genious with some things, and hillarious goofball in others! He is the King of this kind of comedy!
(...) Starting off from the dawn of time, Mel shows the evolution of man arising, and, well... doing somthing youll have to see for yourself. Then Caveman era with hilarious looks at how paintings where developed, Critics, Death, and Music. Then going into era's of Moses receiving the 15... i mean, 10 commandments ;) and venturing into the Roman times with hilarious lines from Mel, Dom Deluise, Madilin Cann and many more, that I wish i could write the lines here, but youd just see ***** **** *****'s everywhere! Moving through time up to the dark Inqwasition ages and French revolution, Mel has put together one of the funniest movies of all time, and it really should be more well known then this. Its a shame, because it is some of the best material Mel has ever come up with!
And its good to be the king! Mel is definitly the King of comedy! Thus movie prooving it! Maybe if this movie was a bit more known, then it would have come with some bonus features? But even without the extras, i still give it a well deserved 5 star for beeing one of the funnist movies I have ever seen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not In The Past! April 20 2004
When you see this movie you will laugh, cry, fall to your knees and puke...well, maybe not cry, but close to it! We can all thank Mel Brooks for this great movie that can sumerize the life of man throughout our history. He is truly the greatest director ever in the history of the world. The world would be a better place if we all just bought this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great campy humor Dec 26 2001
By A Customer
"Fresh from his glorious victory over the Cretins at Sparta--er, make that the Spartans at Crete"....
"Torquemada--do not implore him for mercy. Torquemada--let's face it, you can't talkimouda anything!"
"Don't get saucy with me, Bearnaise."
Lots of silly, campy lines make History of the World a real treat. As you'd expect with Mel Brooks, the cast is hilarious: Sid Caesar, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Dom DeLuise, Gregory Hines, Bea Arthur, and the funny albeit typecast Andreas Voutsinas (who played Carmen Ghia in The Producers) as the saucy Bearnaise. Cloris Leachman as Mme. Lafarge ("no, no, dumb shkum") is a hoot as she rouses the rabble and wannabe Maurice Chevaliers on the Rue de Merde. Not on the level of Young Frankenstein, but still 90 mins. of good plain fun!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not for everybody Feb. 3 2003
I really enjoy Mel Brooks work, BUT here's the problem (at least with this one):
In order for you to understand the humor (very clever by the way), you must have a fair knowledge of history. I'm not talking about the short 400- years of American "history", I'm talking about Greek and Roman civilizations and crist, and stuff like that. The humor in the movie is really very clever, but you won't get it if you don't know what it's referring to (It's like watching the third episode of a mini-series).
I found myself sitting there with a couple of friends and after every scene explaining to them what was going on. They were about ready to kill me (out of boredom) when I finally decided to watch it later on my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Mel Brooks movie of all time! Feb. 28 2002
By Tom
Format:VHS Tape
When I rented this movie a couple of weeks ago, I knew it would be funny, but I didn't know it would be a classic. Probably the best part of the movie is The Spanish Inquisition part. I crack up every time I think about it! I also crack up when the King goes skeet shooting ( you'll get it when you see it). The beginning is a bit slow but once you get to the Roman Empire, It's hilarious. Before the Roman Empire, the Moses part is funny and the birth of music is funny, but not as good as the Spanish Inquisition.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who liked Spaceballs and Robin Hood. If you liked Young Frankenstein, there may be too many jokes and not enough plot. All in all, this was a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mel Brooks Masterpiece
As a fan of Mel Brooks, I loved it. A fun if not accurate history lesson. Great cast and lots of laffs!
Published 7 months ago by J. Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Try Not To Laugh
Great movie- Not his best, but still up there in comedy land - an amusing and mildly funny walk on the absurd.

Recommend to all that like to smile and laugh !!
Published 10 months ago by Brian St.Hilaire
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mel
For modern slapstick, what can beat this. Being Jewish likely helps, but I'm not and can still appreciate most of the jokes and gags. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Crack
2.0 out of 5 stars You sent me a region-protected DVD
I could not view this DVD on anything other than a DVD player, because it said it is region-protected. I am in Region 1, so why wouldn't it play on my computer? Read more
Published on May 3 2012 by Ram B.
2.0 out of 5 stars i didn't find it funny except for one gag
i may have managed a few few smiles here and there throughout the
movie,but there was nothing about it would consider
funny.actually,scratch that. Read more
Published on March 2 2010 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his funniest/best but still good :)
Not one of Mel Brooks' funniest or best films ( like Robin Hood: Men in tights)but definately too funny to miss.

Definately worth the time to at least watch..
Published on June 6 2008 by Ashley R. Brunt
5.0 out of 5 stars History has never been more hilarious.
I wasn't familiar with History of the World until someone recommended that I see it. I knew a little of who Mel Brooks was and had seen Young Frankenstein so I knew this might be... Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by J. Hayes
2.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Expects the (Musical) Spanish Inquisition
Probably the success of MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN two years earlier was the inspiration for Mel Brooks' HISTORY OF THE WORLD - PART I (A year earlier Python/'Brian' probably... Read more
Published on May 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie Created In The History Of The World
When you have seen this movie, you can never turn back. Some movies have action, some horror, but this movie is just damn funny. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie Created In The History Of The World
When you have seen this movie, you can never turn back. Some movies have action, some horror, but this movie is just damn funny. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
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